It is snowing outside this morning.
Rather hard, actually. I ventured out to bring the garbage to the end of the road, as we have had to have the bags sitting on our little deck these past two weeks. This isn't because we are lazy. There is simply no other place to put it. When our driveway was cleared last week from the big storm, the tractor dumped about 8 feet of snow onto our trash bin across the road. We probably won't see it for several weeks.
As walked the trash out to the road, dressed in my plaid flannel jammie pants and black wool coat, I noticed how pretty the river was. Looking across the road and behind our house to the woods reminded me of post cards that we see and paintings that we paint and frame and place on our walls. It was beautiful. The cold crisp air felt good on my skin and the only sound I could hear was the very faint trickle of the river trying to flow along its icy banks and the crunching of the snow under my boots. Had I not been in my jammies and had to come back in to write this post, I probably would have taken a walk down the street a bit. I seriously considered it and once again the thought of morning walks entertained my mind.
Every once in a while I get the idea to take my walks early, before the world awakens. There is something about the peacefulness of the morning sunrise that I find very appealing. But I have been sleeping in later these days, as I have been staying up later too. It seems that everything has shifted and by the time I get truly involved in working on my latest creation, it is already later than I would have liked. As a result, I get engrossed in what I am doing and before I know it, it is past midnight or 1 or 2am. Even I am unable to get up at six after such a late night.
I wish I never had to sleep.
Last night I reached somewhat of a milestone in my own personal creating journey. After just over a year, I finished the 17th and final panel of my "A Perfect World" embroidery project. I still have the four small corner motifs to complete, as well as the trapunto quilting, but those are more or less child's play after the amazing undertaking that this project entailed.
It has taken me a while to finish this panel, but not because it was particularly complex. In fact I found it to be rather the opposite and much simpler than the previous panels. It had only one type of flower – the Corn Poppy – and no little 'critters' that I so enjoyed adding to each section. But from the first time I saw the finished piece online at Di van Nierkerk's site, it captured my fascination and I knew that it was something that I had to learn. Those three little poppies are what hooked me and through the hundreds of hours I spent stitching this piece, I think I looked forward to making them most of all.
Now they are complete, and the rest of my work on this piece will be somewhat anti-climatic. It isn't that I won't enjoy finishing things up, but there is something inside of me that will truly miss seeing this project come to an end.
I still have a few weeks to go, as I need to finish the small bugs and flowers in the tiny corner motifs. I then have to do the trapunto work and hand-quilt the blue trellis lines that divide the sections.
I have decided that I will make this piece into a pillow. With all my woodworking that I do, I don't want to hang it on a wall to gather dust. I won't consider putting it under glass or making any type of shadow box frame for it because I believe that will make it impossible to see and enjoy the beautiful dimensional stumpwork pieces. As a pillow, I will keep it protected, and be able to slip it out of its cover every now and then to admire. It won't require wall space and will remain clean and I can move it from room to room easily at my whim. I truly think that is the best thing for me. At least for now.
So with that, I will show you the photos of the Panel 17 – Corn poppies:
As with many other panels, the leaves were created using a single strand of silk thread:
The poppies themselves were created using both silk ribbon and organza. I needed to use a heat tool to 'seal' all the organza edges, in essence melting the edges of the ribbons. The centers of the poppies were created on separate fabric and applied later. They were also made with yellow silk ribbon centers and silk thread pods:
The poppy seeds are tiny black glass seed beads. The panel looks lovely and dimensional, making the perfect final section:
The colors and textures in the piece are amazing:
And finally – all seventeen panels completed. Each panel is approximately 4" in diameter. As you can see, the trellis and corners still need to be completed:
It has been quite an adventure. When I am done with everything, I will make a full album and slide show for you to see all the panels photographed nicely. These are just what I call 'snapshots' and don't really do the piece justice. I will once again show every detail and creature for you to enjoy.
Today will be an 'in between' day for me. I need to do some paperwork and get my next projects lined up. It is snowing harder now and there is another four inches of fresh snow since I took out the trash. Perhaps a walk is in store after all. I will remember to take my camera. That way you can see my real "Perfect World" where I live.
Have a wonderful Wednesday.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"